Finding Jesus, a companion to the CNN TV series, looks at six holy objects connected to Jesus, the most famous– and mysterious –man in history to see what they can tell us about his life, and his “after life”.
David Gibson and Michael McKinley designed their book to engage believers, skeptics and those in between, by looking at each object through three lenses: what is the object and its connection to Jesus? How did it get from “then” to “now”– i.e. how did a burial cloth travel thousands of miles and two thousand years from a rock tomb in Jerusalem to a marble cathedral in Turin? And what does science say about these objects today?
Readers can begin the book in any chapter they choose, and find a complete story about a holy object– a story which will lead them to other chapters, and onward, we hope, on a journey to parse the plot of the “greatest story ever told.”
“In a mix of engaging scholarship and gripping storytelling, Gibson and McKinley offer a page-turner for a wide audience.” — Kirkus Reviews
If every hockey player’s dream begins on a frozen pond, it reaches its pinnacle in a packed arena facing off against a bitter international rival. Could be the mighty Soviets. Could be the vainglorious Americans. Doesn’t matter, as long as the guys, and more recently, the women, who come from the farming villages, logging towns, and bustling cities of Canada show up to play the game the way we invented it to be played. That’s the way it’s been for a hundred years. more
Since Joshua Steckel began work at a Brooklyn public high school as its first-ever college guidance counselor, every one of the hundreds of graduates he has counseled has been accepted to college, many to top-flight schools with all expenses paid. But getting in is only one small part of the drama of his students’ stories. In a riveting work of narrative nonfiction—winner of a Studs and Ida Terkel award—Hold Fast to Dreams follows the lives of ten of Josh’s students as they navigate the vast and obstacle-ridden landscape of college in America, where students for whom the stakes of education are highest find unequal access and inadequate support.
“A powerful story of courage and hope that should inspire others to follow trailblazers like Steckel and his students.” — Kirkus Reviews
It’s a dangerous, tumultuous time in the Roman Empire. There are wars and rebellions among the empire’s client-states, and the emperors are becoming increasing brutal in suppressing any hint of revolution. That spells trouble for the restive Jewish nation on the eastern edge of the empire. There are would-be messiahs and magic men all over Israel, many proclaiming a special connection to the God of Israel. For the Roman Empire, these men are not worth noticing. The Romans respect the Jews and their single god, Yahweh, and they’ve cut them quite a bit of slack. But when one prophet, Jesus of Nazareth upsets the powers that be by chasing out the money changers out of the Temple in Jerusalem—Judaism’s holiest site—he’s marked for death. more
Before Twitter, before 24-hour sports channels, long before fans watched highlight goals on their phones—long before something called a “highlight” had been invented—there was Hockey Night in Canada. It was cutting-edge technology back then. Anywhere in Canada, a hockey fan could come in from the snow, sit down by the radio, listen to a game played in Montreal or Toronto, and experience the thrill of a game played hundreds, or thousands, of kilometres away. Before all of what we call Canada had joined Confederation, even before the “Original Six,” there wasHockey Night in Canada to define both the country and the game.
Then, sixty years ago, another technological marvel changed the game—and the country—and launched the longest-running program in the world. CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, for the first time, was on television.
Hockey is not just Canada’s national game, it is part of every Canadian’s psyche, whether we like it or not. Watching it, playing it, coaching it, and talking about it are up there with eating on the list of the top ten things Canadians do most. In the first half of the last century it mirrored our increasing confidence as a nation and in the last years of the 1900s, which saw an aggressive but unsettling expansion of the game south of the border, it reflected our growing wariness of American influence on Canada. more
Michael McKinley and Sean Avery are working on several projects together, foremost being Sean’s upcoming book, The Man Code.
The New Avery Rule is their first collaboration for The Players Tribune. In this piece, Sean takes on that dicey topic of pro athletes an their millions. He examines just how much money professional athletes think they make– and how much they don’t. Then he offers a brilliant way for them to save a little cash that they can make work once they’ve hung up their skates (or cleats, or court shoes).
James Wyllie and Michael McKinley bring compelling World War 1 intelligence stories together for the first time to reveal how codebreakers won the “Great War”. They also began the “Age of Information” and the security state we all enjoy so much today. The Codebreakers will be published in the UK June by Ebury, a division of Random House. They’re working on a cover, but in the meantime, we’re using this excellent one designed by graphic design superhero Tom Norman of Kapow Creative.
“A man walks into a bar…” is the line that begins a thousand stories, some of them funny, some of them sad, but all of them very human. That’s because we humans have lived a good deal of our history in bars. To meet, to drink, and to do things that change the world.
There’s a rich history to be found in the great bars of the world, and not just the kind that interior decorators love. No, it’s the history of human schemes and dreams—and so, it’s the story of us all. more
Crime novelist Nattie Broward’s dream of riches becomes a nightmare when he stumbles onto a human skull in the middle of the ruined golf course he wants to remake into pricy condos. If this is Indian burial ground, Nattie’s plans are as dead as the skull’s owner… more